Category Archives: Film Festivals
The 23rd annual Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference has made two new additions to its impressive film slate. For the fest’s centerpiece film, they have selected STX’s coming-of-age dramedy The Edge of Seventeen starring Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson while the closing night film will be Open Road’s boxing biopic Bleed For This starring Miles Teller.
La La Land, Free Fire, and I Am Not Your Negro took home the People’s Choice Awards at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
The last time Eleanor Coppola sat in the director’s chair for a feature-length film was in 1991 for the documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse. Fast forward 25 years later and she has finally made her narrative feature directorial debut with the comedy Paris Can Wait and Sony Pictures Classics has managed to land the North American rights to the pic.
Online network Netflix continued its shopping spree over the weekend as it picked up romantic-heist feature Tramps. The film from writer-director Adam Leon had several interested parties including A24, Sony Pictures Classics, and The Orchard.
As the Toronto International International Film Festival comes to a close and the last film gets screened for the exhausted festival goer, I have compiled a list of some of my favorite films. Out of the 296 films at the festival, I managed to see 22 of them – just a dent in the grand scheme of things, but impressive enough given the five days I was there.
With only a few days left of the Toronto International Film Festival, yet another deal is close to being sealed. The Leisure Seeker, an upcoming road trip film from Italian director Paolo Virzì, starring Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren, is finalizing a deal for U.S. rights with Sony Pictures Classics. Brokered by CAA and Bac Films, the deal is in the mid-seven figure range.
U.S. rights to Ana Lily Amirpour’s The Bad Batch have landed at Screen Media Films. The film previously won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival and starts Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Giovannie Ribisi, and Yolanda Ross.
The North American rights to the documentary I Am Not Your Negro have landed at Magnolia Pictures. The film follows James Baldwin’s unfinished novel Remember This House.
As the Toronto market starts to heat up in the festival’s final days, Fox Searchlight in closing a deal to buy the North American distribution rights to A United Kingdom, director Amma Asante’s romantic drama starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike.
The sales are starting to pick up at the Toronto International Film Festival as Roadside Attraction acquires Lady Macbeth. The indie is an adaptation of the 1865 novella Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk.
Showtime and IFC have partnered to acquire the rights to The Bleeder, a boxing drama starring Liev Schreiber. Philippe Falardeau directed from a script which comes from Michael Cristofer, Jerry Stahl, and Jeff Feuerzeig.
The Austin Film Festival has announced their slate of films and panels for the 23rd annual fest which takes place from October 13-20. The event includes screenings of festival favorites Lion, Nerdland, Trespass Against Us as well as the buzzworthy movie musical La La Land.
The mystery behind the Colossal buyer out of the Toronto International Film Festival has been solved. According to reports, Tom Quinn of Radius and Tim League, the owner of Alamo Drafthouse, have secured the distribution rights for the movie.
In one of the few deals to come out of what has been a cool market in Toronto so far, EuropaCorp has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Their Finest, a World War II dramedy starring Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Richard E. Grant, and Gemma Arterton.
The Toronto International Film Festival kicked off on September 8 and our resident film reviewer Dino-Ray Ramos hit the ground running, catching over a dozen screenings of some of this year’s most talked aboot titles at TIFF.
The upcoming monster movie starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis, Colossal, has been acquired for North American distribution by a mysterious Chinese buyer at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Sci-fi thriller What Happened to Monday? is in final negotiations to land at Netflix. The project, which will close in the mid-seven figures, stars Noomi Rapace, Willem Dafoe, and Glenn Close.
The Academy Award-winning actress is set for a wave of nominations with this astonishingly nuanced portrayal of the former First Lady. There have been many “Jackies” in TV and film, but none like Natalie Portman’s.
Damien Chazelle’s movie musical La La Land balances levity and humor with auteur-grade filmmaking for an incredibly enchanting movie-going experience that will put a twinkle in your eye and a spring in your step.
A major deal has been brokered at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival, with Fox Searchlight picking up the U.S. distribution rights to Jackie starring Natalie Portman.
The Venice Film Festival recently concluded on Saturday and some of the best-reviewed films of the festival went home with big prizes, including Tom Ford’s second directorial outing with Nocturnal Animals and Damien Chazelle’s La La Land.
Bleecker Street and Participant Media have jointly acquired North American rights to Breathe, a drama directed by Andy Serkis and starring Andrew Garfield as Robin Cavendish, who became one of the longest-living polio survivors in Great Britain after being struck with the disease at the age of 28.
Helmed by Wolf Creek director Greg McLean and written by Guardians of the Galaxy maestro James Gunn, the blood spattering thriller is a sick, twisted, and ridiculous joyride of murderous insanity.
In the J.A. Bayona-directed A Monster Calls, there’s a little boy and a gigantic talking tree, so it must be a Spielbergian good time, right? Well, not really. The word “monster” in the title may be misleading as this film isn’t as fantastical as one might think.
The film festival hit transcends the typical gay narrative with a rich and poignant story that takes us on a gay black man’s journey of self-discovery, pain, as well as what it means to give and receive love.
Orion and BH Tilt have acquired The Belko Experiment, a high-concept thriller written by Guardians of the Galaxy’s James Gunn and directed by Wolf Creek helmer Greg McLean.
From the trailer alone, Lion, a story about a man searching for his family after being tragically separated from them for 25 years, is poised to be a tearjerker. After attending the World Premiere at TIFF, I can guarantee that it is not only a tearjerker, but a film that will bring out everyone’s ugliest cry.
The Oscar-nominated actor owns Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival, a finely executed and surprisingly stirring sci-fi pic that takes the typical alien invasion film in a refreshingly different direction.